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Monday, January 11, 2016

A Man of Many Faces

By Thornton Crowe

In his lifetime, David Bowie cultivated many friends that became his extended family – both musically and personally. He inspired musicians all over the world with his persistence and audacious approach to life and music in ways very few have achieved before or since. He often played a pinnacle part in defining people's life soundtracks. His history in music began in 1962 and spanned the decades all the way up to his death with the current release of, Blackstar, ironically released on his 69th birthday on January 8, 2016. He fought liver cancer for the last eighteen months but continued to live his passion with his music to the very end!

Becoming recognized in the Seventies, his artistic reputation first began with his flare to create characters with his stage personas, the Thin White Duke to an alien, Ziggy Stardust. In the Eighties, he moved into a new era, reinventing himself in unison with changing times with Let’s Dance and Blue Jean. His crisp look and stark white hair won a new generation of fans with the advent of MTV and music videos. In the Nineties and beyond, David adopted an organic persona more true to his real personality and created music with many contemporaries whose coupling, while seemingly unlikely, worked to generate more hits. Hence, he never shied away from trying new genres, people and experiences.

Producing twenty-seven records, nine live albums and participating in many compilations, David worked (and inspired) with many talented artists like Trent Reznor from Nine Inch Nails. He crashed through barriers that customarily pigeonhole artists and put his own touch into everything he did while embracing the technological age.

Most forget this but he was also a very talented actor, acting in movies like Absolute Beginners andLabyrinth. Additionally, he made his Broadway debut in The Elephant Man, a part that garnered him many accolades for his acting abilities.

Whether you’re a fan or not, his innovation made changes seldom duplicated and his spirit lends to us a real ‘hero’ and mentor. Above all, in spite of his life in the entertainment eye, he was notorious for being a true gentleman in every sense of the word.

Both the man and his colossal talent will be missed as he left us way too soon. Rest In Peace.


Anonymous said...

Joe you shoul post his last video its about death and heaven, creepy.

Thornton Crowe said...

Here is the link to Lazarus, the video you are referring to, 11:31AM.

Anonymous said...

Sby News is like a David Bowie fan club.

Thornton Crowe said...

Two articles makes not a fan club, 2:01PM.

Anonymous said...

So what if this blog likes David Bowie? ! Your point?

Anonymous said...

I listen to the 1992 Freddie Mercury Tribute concert a lot online. While not a huge Bowie fan, he and Annie Lennox singing Under Pressure is one of my favorites of the concert. I believe he co wrote the song w/Mercury.

Anonymous said...

3:29, yes, he co-wrote with Mercury and he and Queen performed it together. One of the best.

To anyone ragging on this being "a fan club," get a clue. Six decades of music, acting, mentoring, influencing culture etc. is not a simple achievement. It was done with talent, not just hype.

For me, this isn't idol worship. It's respect. Bowie got through dark times in his youth, include drug abuse, and continued to show what artistic courage is. Not a sell-out. Helped others achieve dreams. Once he matured, he truly was a gentleman.

R.I.P. Gone too soon.

Anonymous said...

5:39 PM

only 5 decades sire